Release date: March 27th 2018
Around the time that Freya loses her voice while recording her debut album, Harun is making plans to run away from everyone he has ever loved, and Nathaniel is arriving in New York City with a backpack, a desperate plan, and nothing left to lose. When a fateful accident draws these three strangers together, their secrets start to unravel as they begin to understand that the way out of their own loss might just lie in helping the others out of theirs.
This was a pretty short, quick read but it was one I found myself getting absorbed in right away. The concept of strangers’ lives intersecting at the right moment is one I usually enjoy and this was no different. I liked the three characters and the way they interacted with each other, even after only just meeting. There was a bond that formed between them, they connected, recognized something in each other that made them protective of each other. The book was set in both the past and the present, seeing how each character got to where they were and how they were coping, or not, now.
There was Freya, an up and coming singer who lost her voice right before she was poised to break out; Harun, recovering from a break-up and about to leave the country; and Nathaniel, arriving in New York with just a backpack and a plan. All three had very distinctive voices so I found it easy to tell them apart, both in the present and the past. They were also all so different, people who might not have been friends if they’d all gone to the same school, but one fateful meeting in the park connected them. Like the title said, each of them had lost their way somehow and were in that park searching for a sign.
The plot moved along pretty quickly. It was set mostly within the same day in the present timeline with flashes into the past for each character. The past showed the good times and how everything started to fall apart for each of them. The present was a chance for them to begin to heal and find themselves again, or find a new path. It was pretty character dependent so if a reader didn’t like any of the characters, it might be a hard read to get through but I liked them all.
It was definitely an easy book to get through in one night but also one that had a lot of depth in its pages. It’s been a while since Gayle Forman’s last YA book but this was worth the wait.
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.